One reason to love/hate English:
(via Language Village)
In the first week of class, we talked a little about “favorite words” (and least favorite words). Reasons can have to do with meaning, sound, or in this case, logic (or an apparent lack of logic) in spelling.
Make a list of some of your favorite/least favorite words in English, Japanese, and any other languages you’re studying. Write about why, and if you can, try to choose a visual that helps you explain, and/or make a mnemonic device.
For example, I like the word müde in German. It means “tired”. But to me it sounds a little like the English word “moody” (like 不機嫌 in Japanese). This is a form of mnemonic device, and it helps you remember things.
Like the beginning of the Kamakura Bakufu was「 いい国作ろう！」(1192) — at least for the people of my generation. Research has since found that that was the wrong date. Did you learn 1192, or did you learn a different date, and did you have a mnemonic device?
Another example: one way to remember the spelling of a word like “believe” = “Don’t believe lies.”
Another example: I learned hiragana with simple pictures. 「し」was a girl’s hair curl (so “she”), and 「に」was drawn to look like someone’s knee. (I remember several others, so ask me if you’re curious. 「か」was a particularly creative invention of my teacher.)